Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

A blog of the technical and only sometimes uneventful side of programming in .NET and life within Microsoft

SharePoint for Developers Part 2

Ramp Up (www.MyRampUp.com) is a free online learning program for developers. We’ve just launched a...

Author: trobbins Date: 03/09/2009

TechDays Virtual – Defy all Challenges

Helps spread the word and make sure to register! Event Date: April 1Event Cost: FreeEvent Location:...

Author: trobbins Date: 03/08/2009

Announcing TechDays Defy All Challenges

One of the things that I always love about the technical world is our love of learning. Personally,...

Author: trobbins Date: 01/22/2009

Free Virtualization e-book offer

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions will teach you about the benefits of the latest...

Author: trobbins Date: 01/21/2009

Announcing the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 1.0

This is always something that I hear people ask for – The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a...

Author: trobbins Date: 01/21/2009

Windows Live Messenger translation bot now available

Pretty cool idea for a messenger translation bot

Author: trobbins Date: 12/17/2008

Introducing the Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit Beta & Reader Beta SDK!

This looks pretty cool – We are very excited to take the wraps off of our newest addition to .Net...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/15/2008

A Quick Look at XML Literals

XML literals are new to Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Basic. Simply put they enable the...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/08/2008

Tabbing within Visual Studio

Tabs are everywhere within Visual Studio. By default each time a new window is opened a new tab is...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/03/2008

Selecting a Block of text

Regardless of the new framework features – copy and paste is still one of my favorites. One of my...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/01/2008

Have you checked out Ramp Up?

Ramp Up has just launched a brand-new learning track today: SharePoint for Developers, Part I. This...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/26/2008

Setting the startup form for a Windows Application

Question: I am new to building Windows forms’ applications and am writing my first application. It’s...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/25/2008

Give us feedback on Silverlight 2

Via Brian Give us feedback on Silverlight 2 We’ve put together a short survey to help us improve our...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/21/2008

A quick look at the lambda expression

The lambda expression is new to Visual Basic and Visual Studio 2008 and part of the new Linq...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/21/2008

Got a few minutes for feedback?

Application installation and patching: http://survey.confirmit.com/wix/p761108781.aspx?htype=1 The...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/19/2008

Create COOL implementations of Search API 2.0 Beta + Ads

In case you haven't seen this - During the keynote at PubCon in Las Vegas we announced “Project Silk...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/18/2008

Windows Forms – Creating an access key

Question: I am new to Visual Basic and wanted to create an access key for my Windows Form...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/18/2008

Taking on SQL 2008

Whether you are learning new features, increasing job performance and productivity or deepening your...

Author: trobbins Date: 02/11/2008

Cool Site of the Day

Very cool site I just checked out at www.dotnetvideos.net. They have over 100+ videos under 10...

Author: trobbins Date: 02/06/2008

TechEd US Registration Opens

Today, registration opens for Tech·Ed U.S 2008 at www.microsoft.com/teched. Tech·Ed is Microsoft’s...

Author: trobbins Date: 01/22/2008

Ready for Visual Studio 2008?

Some great stuff to check out - Whether you are learning new features, improving expertise,...

Author: trobbins Date: 01/11/2008

Don’t forget about the Office Developer’s Conference

LIVE DEMOS. REAL CODE. HOT NEW INFO. The 2008 Microsoft Office System Developer Conference February...

Author: trobbins Date: 01/11/2008

Virtual Labs

Try Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 in a virtual lab and learn more about accessing relational data...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/21/2007

AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft

Very cool – AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is an open-source development tool aimed to bring the...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/20/2007

Try Visual Studio 2008

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 provides an industry-leading developer experience for Windows Vista,...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/16/2007

Adding an InfoPath Editor Control to a Windows Form

One of the new features of InfoPath 2007 is the ability to integrate the InfoPath editor into...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/13/2007

InfoPath: Accessing template file data

The XMLForm class of the InfoPath managed code objects model provides properties, methods and events...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/12/2007

Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training (Standalone Edition)

Interesting download – The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/10/2007

Creating an icon in the system tray

A standard part of many Windows forms applications is the system tray icon. Most commonly it is used...

Author: trobbins Date: 12/05/2007

New Patterns & Practices Guides

Microsoft patterns & practices recently released the following two guides: patterns &...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/30/2007

Architecture Journal Reader

A great download to check out - We're proud to announce a new offline experience for the Journal,...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/28/2007

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit

The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs,...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/26/2007

Announcing: The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Commonly Used Types and Namespaces poster

Announcing: The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Commonly Used Types and Namespaces poster. This very...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/26/2007

2007 Office System Document: Developer Posters

Very cool posters I just ran across Developer Roadmap for the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Download...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/26/2007

Presence Samples

I have been looking for some good example of using presence programmatically and ran across these...

Author: trobbins Date: 11/05/2007

Seattle Code Camp

v3.0 - November 17 & 18, 2007 Check it out here What can I expect at the Seattle Code Camp? Two...

Author: trobbins Date: 10/28/2007

Exploring SPS 2007 and Workflow

Nobody should argue that companies depend on the flow of information and documents. Often these...

Author: trobbins Date: 09/13/2007

InfoPath 2007 and the Logic Inspector

It’s a double edged sword, InfoPath makes it easy to enter logic and rules that control your form...

Author: trobbins Date: 09/06/2007

Looking to learn Windows Workflow Foundation

A nice offer by the AppDev folks: Get your free CD-ROM or download now... Get up to 3 hours of...

Author: trobbins Date: 09/06/2007

Still have users with InfoPath 2003

While InfoPath 2007 has some great new features I am sure that you have users that still running...

Author: trobbins Date: 09/05/2007

June CTP for Sandcastle

So I am a little late but if you haven’t taken a look at - Sandcastle produces accurate, MSDN style,...

Author: trobbins Date: 09/04/2007

InfoPath 2007 and the Multi Select List Box

The Multiple Selection List box is a new control for InfoPath 2007. As the name implies this control...

Author: trobbins Date: 09/04/2007

Importing an Excel Spreadsheet using InfoPath 2007 (Simple Example)

Not only does InfoPath 2007 allow you to import a Word document but also an Excel spreadsheet....

Author: trobbins Date: 08/31/2007

Importing a Word Document using InfoPath 2007 (Simple Example)

InfoPath 2007 has a nice feature that allows the importing of Word documents. Many times you may...

Author: trobbins Date: 08/30/2007

Security Benefits with Windows Vista

Thanks to everyone that attended the recent ILTA conference. As promised the PowerPoint deck for my...

Author: trobbins Date: 08/30/2007

How To: Live Search 101

I have recently started playing with some of the Live Services available at http://dev.live.com....

Author: trobbins Date: 08/29/2007

Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs 2.0

Line and Shape controls, PrintForm component, and Printer Compatibility Library Microsoft Visual...

Author: trobbins Date: 08/19/2007

Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit (Beta 3)

The Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit includes a set of hands-on-labs and presentations for...

Author: trobbins Date: 07/23/2007

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